Tech Archive
12 December 2014, 12:25 AM ET
Humans have invented six devices that combine to make work easier. These six simple machines are the wheel and axle, the lever, the inclined plane, the pulley, the screw and the wedge.
11 December 2014, 10:47 PM ET
Properties, sources and uses of the element silver.
11 December 2014, 02:02 PM ET
The U.S. Navy announced that its high-tech laser weapon is ready to disable and destroy enemy drones and small boats should the need arise.
11 December 2014, 08:48 AM ET
Astronauts released a tiny satellite from the International Space Station last month that will be used as a testbed for a future "space surveillance network," according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.
10 December 2014, 05:19 PM ET
The laser weapon system (LaWS) has been brought online by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and demonstrated aboard the USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf.
10 December 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Some of humanity's greatest technologies were inspired by animals. Now, scientists, inspired by the movement-sensing organ of a spider, have developed a wearable sensor that can detect music, recognize speech and monitor a person's heart rate.
10 December 2014, 08:38 AM ET
Researchers are using public, anonymous social media and other web data to get better at forecasting the spread of infectious diseases.
09 December 2014, 04:55 PM ET
Mathematical research that could help drones navigate, and computer models for how trees grow snagged top honors at a national student math and science competition, the event's organizers announced today (Dec. 9).
09 December 2014, 06:58 AM ET
The U.S. military wants to develop flying aircraft carriers to transport drones in and out of surveillance zones.
08 December 2014, 11:02 PM ET
If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you...
08 December 2014, 03:48 PM ET
The origin of life on Earth about 4 billion years ago remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of science, but a new study is shedding light on the matter.
08 December 2014, 08:45 AM ET
That yellow label on your air conditioner is part of a successful, decades-long effort to trim U.S. energy consumption.
06 December 2014, 07:57 AM ET
Tracking Santa's progress from chimney to chimney has never been easier, with NORAD keeping its high-tech eyes on jolly ol' St. Nick.
05 December 2014, 08:08 AM ET
Virtual reality is a growing technology used in everything from videogames to rehab clinics to the battlefield. But a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for ho
05 December 2014, 06:14 AM ET
The Microsoft Band is a wristband fitness tracker designed for people who want to be able to track their workouts and also have access to email, texts and other reminders at a glance.
04 December 2014, 03:48 PM ET
It's a Saturday morning in June at the Royal Society in London. Computer scientists, public figures and reporters have gathered to witness or take part in a decades-old challenge.
04 December 2014, 02:07 PM ET
The idea of inanimate objects coming to life as intelligent beings has been around for a long time. The ancient Greeks had myths about robots, and Chinese and Egyptian engineers built automatons.
03 December 2014, 03:15 PM ET
The Peak is the latest fitness tracker from Basis, and the device aims to give you a number of insights into your daily activities, while motivating you to live a healthier life.
03 December 2014, 09:33 AM ET
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
03 December 2014, 06:55 AM ET
Wikipedia's editors are overwhelmingly male, an issue that often limits the topics covered by the crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Now, researchers are trying to understand the effects of the gender gap.
02 December 2014, 07:10 PM ET
A select group of organic chemists from around the world are looking to create new catalysts to 'break open' the carbon hydrogen framework to revolutionize chemical production.
02 December 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking warns that the development of intelligent machines could pose a major threat to humanity.
02 December 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Military drones are often used to store sensitive data, ranging from troop movements to strategic operations. While this may make them vulnerable to enemy interference, a new system is aiming to protect these unmanned aerial vehicles from cyberattacks.
01 December 2014, 04:32 PM ET
To improve shipping efficiency, Amazon is using thousands of robots to gather products in its shipping centers on Cyber Monday.
01 December 2014, 03:26 PM ET
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
01 December 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A recently released biopic of Alan Turing ("The Imitation Game") tells the story of the British mathematician and cryptographer who built a machine to crack the German Enigma code during World War II. But Turing is perhaps best known for his pioneering wo
29 November 2014, 12:36 AM ET
The key to understanding how to keep warm is the fact you lose more heat by radiation to your surroundings than you do by convection to the air.
28 November 2014, 09:27 AM ET
A new superthin material can cool buildings without requiring electricity, by beaming heat directly into outer space, researchers say.
27 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings such as Teflon.
27 November 2014, 02:36 AM ET
If the public pays for most science, why aren't the results published in journals that are open to all, asks Dan Marovitz.
26 November 2014, 05:23 PM ET
Chronic pain won’t kill us; it just makes our lives miserable.
26 November 2014, 12:24 AM ET
A British “poo bus” went into service last week, powered by biomethane energy derived from human waste at a sewage plant.